It’s going to be a long winter, which means family time is mostly going to be inside. Cue family board game night — and we’re here to help you pick out the best ones that’ll keep all your kids (of all ages) entertained. Family game nights are fun, competitive, and absolutely unquestionably necessary for the perfect night in. (Bonding is a big deal.) Pick your teammates wisely, roll the dice with confidence, and be prepared to channel your super competitive side that the rest of the fam will just have to deal with. These epic family board games are so worth it.
We scoured through Amazon for the highest-rated family board games that promise a crazy good time – from your favorite classics to popular new releases. You can get nostalgic with Chutes and Ladders or dig into uncharted territory with games like Don’t Step In It. Each of these will get the whole family cheering, jumping, and bonding in the best way.
Okay, so, Monopoly is fun. But Monopoly Fortnite Edition? Next level. Everybody in the fam better put on their competition hats because this game involves a *fight to the death* battle. There are loot chest items, 27 Fortnite outfits complete with pawn stands, and you’ll all be avoiding the terrifying Storm together. May the best player (aka you) win the game.
Have kids who love trivia? This trivia-type game is awesome for kids who are curious about everything (and think they KNOW everything). When you play, you answer questions in five categories: Science, Math, Arts, Reading, and The World, and each card has questions designed for grades 1 to 6, so it’s really fun for all elementary school levels.
Let’s kick the competition up a few levels. In this version of Risk, players create their own armies and head straight into a ferocious battle. Winners and losers are determined by a roll of the dice, so don’t forget to give yours a lucky blow. Oh yeah, and everyone has their own secret mission, so trust no one.
Want to feel super nostalgic? Get down with a game of Life. It’s just as fun as you remember: Players choose from 31 career cards, spin to win, and pick very cool vacations spots (because if we can’t actually slip on our swimsuits and sun in Bermuda, at least we can pretend). Whoever ends up with the most cash in the end wins, so let those paper dolla dolla bills roll in.
Who knew a game that involves sparkly poop piles could be so much fun? (We know, but trust us with this one.) Basically, you and your kids place bright clay (aka unicorn poop) on a floor mat and then try to avoid stepping in it, all while walking blindfolded. This is the one and only time that poop on the floor is actually a really fun, good thing. Kids like it.
Watched Queen’s Gambit with your teen and now obsessed with the idea of playing chess? Get this classic set and learn how to play over the winter break (or if you know how, YouTube tricks and techniques to emulate your inner Beth Harmon).
You and your tribe are about to put your motor skills to the test. There’s a Yeti in a bowl of fake spaghetti and you have to get rid of all the noodles without disturbing the creature. The winner gets bragging rights and also should probably earn their own bowl of delicious, Yeti-free spaghetti.
In this game, it’s up to the players to save the cities from the vile fleas! Players work together as “Supa Buddies” to conquer the fleas. Based on the Dog Man books, this game is just really good fun. “My nephew LOVES dog man books. I bought him this game for his birthday with not very high expectations. I’m blown away by the quality of everything. Nice sturdy box, thick game pieces, nice board. It’s a nice high quality game!” one reviewer wrote.
Bored with a regular ‘ole Rubik’s Cube? Now there’s a Rubik’s Cube game, which truly tests your wits. This game is all about matching patterns, so it’s truly a brain challenger. One customer wrote, “We bought this game last weekend and love it. Easy to set up with very fast play. Each round lasts about 2 to 3 minutes. One player shakes the cube to create the pattern. Then both players slide their tiles to try to recreate the pattern in the center square on their board. The first player to think he or she has created the match pulls down the center wall to declare victory! Fun, fast and a new favorite in our house.”
Looking for a logic and strategy game for your kids to play? Sequence for kids is it — and your little doesn’t even need to know how to read to enjoy playing it. “Bought this for my 5 year olds birthday. He loves it so much, we play 2-3 games every night. My husband and 12 year old son even play along and initiate a game! Games take 5-10 minutes, depending on your luck. A great beginner game to teach skills like taking turns, being a good sport, drawing cards, and strategy,” a happy customer says.
This game is perfect for all ages, super fun, and – big, big bonus points – really easy to learn. Basically, there’s a town called Machi Koro, you’re the mayor, and your family has to figure out how to run everything smoothly all while managing fussy residents, a theme park, and income collection. The city-building card and dice game has become massively popular.
Obsessed with Settlers of Catan? Selfishly want to turn your kids into fans so you have built-in fellow players for life? Snag Catan Junior Edition. It’s the same fun of the original, just slightly less complicated for youngsters. Prepare for swashbucklers, hideouts, a Spooky Island, and a very mysterious Ghost Captain.
Let’s be real: Toilet humor can be pretty funny no matter what age you are. So, yeah, the whole family is probably going to laugh when they dive into the Toilet Trouble game, a very silly adventure that involves flushing, spraying, and a roll of toilet paper. You can conveniently leave the room when the spraying part happens.
Want to very, very subtly improve your child’s counting skills? Get them hooked on Mancala. This game is all about counting, collecting, and capturing gemstones. The player who collects the most stones wins, so your kid is going have a whole lot more incentive to get their multiplication tables right.
This 24-piece memory game uses gorgeously adorable portraits of legendary women to test your kids’ memory skills. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer or little gift to give and play at home. Just the art alone is fun to look at at (and a great way to facilitate conversations around the badass women who have helped changed the world).
Does your LO love Captain Underpants? Of course they do. Everyone loves Captain Underpants. This silly game has your kid playing pranks and earning confiscated stuff from Principal Krupp’s desk. This is great for ages 7 and up who just need a good laugh.
Okay, you can’t have a family board game round up without Sorry! This classic is just as fun as you remember it, with players moving across the board in an effort to get to the very end. Oh yeah, and the game involves a whole lot of revenge and plotting which might be quite cathartic for everyone after a long, long week.
It’s the couch that comes to life! And he’s grumpy and here to steal anything that falls through his cracks. Use a remote control to munch on and burp out all the crumbs and coins that fall in between his cushions.
We’d say it’s the Year of the Unicorn, but that would be a lie. Every year is the Year of Unicorn, and we’re always welcoming more unicorn toys and games in our lives. This fun game focuses on two things: Destruction and unicorns. Every kid is gonna love it.
This next-level game’s premise is that you’re trying to break into the ultra secure prison Alcatraz to help your friends escape! Follow clues and solve puzzles to get them out. It’s an all-hands-on-deck game that’s super fun and makes you really think strategically.
If your kid loves dinos, you have to get this game. To win, you play as Diplos who have to eat more leaves than their opponents, unless someone calls upon the T.Rex.
Want a game that combines your love for pizza, math, and some friendly competition? Bloppy’s Pizza is a pizza eating contest that involves some light, fun math.
Guess Who checks off all the boxes for a fun, competitive, and straight forward (thank the lord) family game night. Each player is given boards that feature different characters on them. You have to guess the other person’s characters through a series of questions and beat your competitor to the punch. It’s like Clue, except way, way less exhausting.
It’s time to go back to the wonderful, magical, sweet, colorful world of Candy Land. A quick refresher: Players move across the board with a gingerbread man, pull different cards, and land in mystical places like Peppermint Forest, Lollipop Palace, and Licorice Lagoon. Be crowned the winner if you make it to King Kandy’s castle first.
Bring your best jokes and all of your A+ immaturity. It’s Cards Against Humanity, kids edition. There are 500 question-and-answer cards and the player who gets the most votes for the funniest answers wins (no pressure or anything). Bonus points: This is a totally portable game which means long car rides just got so, so much easier.
260 cards, 1,000 guess words, some very finicky dice, and a whole lot of family fun. Teammates have to get their fellow players to guess the word on their card without saying the actual word or any of the related listed words. It’s time for everybody to get real creative with their vocabulary.
Strap on some goofy headbands and get ready for a family friendly, oh so intense guessing game. Players have to guess what’s pictured on their forehead by asking some good, probing questions. Are you a piece of cake? A car? A chair? Time to channel your inner detective and get to the bottom of this mystery.
Everyone is gonna want to put their thinking caps on for this one. Trivial Pursuit: Family Edition comes with 1,200 questions, 600 designed for kids and 600 for adults (yup, you’re not out of the loop on this one).